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April 9, 2012 Issue

Cover Story

The Scandalized City

A City of Ids: Colin Harrison on why the city has always been fertile ground for the sordid, baroque, and gruesome.
310 Years of Disgust and Delight: A romp through New York’s notorious: A governor goes to his wife’s funeral in drag! Grave-robber med students incite a riot! An art gallery unmasked as an S&M dungeon! With: Frank Rich on Broadway sexpot Mae West; Nora Ephron on boyfriend-killer Jean Harris; Jerry Saltz on the city’s most reviled painting.
Plus: Jim Holt and Laura Kipnis spar over the morality of titillation; Liz Smith and Steven Gaines debate the limits of public forgiveness; Wayne Barrett and Tom Robbins remember the greatest hits of municipal malfeasance.
On the Cover: From top, Eliot Spitzer (Mary Altaffer/AP), Whitman Knapp (Lee Romero/New York Times/Redux), and Mary Astor (Photofest).


Drones of New York

The tiny flying machines that call the city home base, the heights they reach, and how long they can stay there without recharging.

Baiting the Umpire

Obama doesn’t want to have to run against the Roberts Court. Fortunately, the Court doesn’t want that either.


In defense of the Internet’s favorite suffix.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Bar Room U.

Higher-ed end around.

54 Minutes With Questlove

At the Lower East Side’s brand-new Hoodie Shop with the Late Night bandleader, talking Trayvon Martin and apolitical fashion.


Rolling the Vice Dice

What kind of mate makes sense for Mitt?


Best Bets

Gallagher’s Paper Collectibles, new market vendors, and more.

The Look Book

I think I’m the only New Yorker who doesn’t own anything black.

The Urbanist's New Orleans

Cross-dressing rappers, DIY Bloody Marys, divinely good phô.

The Restaurant Review

The force behind Alison on Dominick is back, with a warm and neighborly Flatiron joint.

In Season

You can’t beat April Bloomfield's recipe for smoked trout and potato salad.

Opening Day for Foodies

Mark your calendars: The outdoor feeding season starts now.

A First Look at Ribalta

Can there ever be such a thing as too much pizza? Not in this town.

A First Look at Dragonfly

Cornelius Gallagher’s finally landed on the Upper East Side with a new take on Asian flavors.

Less Shoes, More Sashimi

With a boutique hotel and a Stumptown café on the horizon, stubbornly schlocky West 8th Street may be turning the corner.


Does Judy Garland Still Matter?

An icon of vulnerability in an age of empowerment.

Roll With It

Whit Stillman’s new muse overcomes bad dates, Tyra Banks, and a mouse infestation.

The Movie Review

The preppy young women of Damsels in Distress think all the world needs is a few more tap shoes.

The Book Review

Two lesbian literary titans take on their greatest demon: Mom.

Can’t Look Away

Photographer Alex Prager’s high-intensity L.A. melodrama.


Roman Holiday

Mark Ladner’s traditional Easter feast at Del Posto.


Comments: Week of April 9, 2012

Readers sound off on Girls, the GOP’s war on women, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of April 9, 2012

Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.

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